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Summary Article: Suzman, Janet
From Chambers Biographical Dictionary


♦ South African actress

She was born in Johannesburg, the niece of the anti-apartheid campaigner Helen Suzman. Moving to England to complete her studies, she made her acting debut in Billy Liar at Ipswich in 1962. That year she joined the newly formed Royal Shakespeare Company and subsequently played roles such as Portia in The Merchant of Venice (1965), Ophelia in Hamlet (1965) and Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra (1973). In the West End, she played the title role in Hedda Gabler (1977). She has played numerous roles on television, and her films include The Draughtsman's Contract (1982), Nuns on the Run (1990) and Leon the Pig Farmer (1992). In 2005 she appeared in a London revival of Whose Life is it Anyway? and directed Hamlet at the Baxter Theatre, Cape Town.

© Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd 2011

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